Dr. Domenic A. Polifrone became the Spiritual Director of the
Church of Religious Science in 1995, merging his New Thought Center of Los
Angeles with the church. Dr. Polifrone co-founded the Affiliated New Thought Network
(ANTN). Dr. Robert H. Bitzer, Founder of the Hollywood
Church of Religious Science in 1930, maintained the church within the
Religious Science International (R.S.I.) organization which is second
largest to United Churches of Religious Science (UCRS). Dr.
Polifrone and his Board of Directors renamed the church, for marketing
Hollywood Church for Today," with more of a focus on New
Thought/Religious Science. However, this name is no longer in use as
the current board changed the name to The Science of Mind
Center of Hollywood and then changed it again to the Science of Mind
Spiritual Center Los Angeles ..... the church continues to be part of
the Affiliated New Thought Network.
Dr. Bitzer's Hollywood Church of
Religious Science building was sold in September, 2005, and the name has
been changed to The Science Of Mind Center of Hollywood, heralding the end
of this church which was once considered the Hallmark Church in the
Religious Science Movement. This building was a prominent landmark
on Sunset Boulevard for 72 years.
Domenic's engaging speaking style and natural charisma set the stage for
Sunday Celebrations. Dr.
Domenic studied under some of the greatest
Science of Mind/Religious Science Teachers including Dr. Stuart Grayson and the celebrated
Dr. Raymond Charles Barker of the First Church of Religious Science, New
York City. Dr. Polifrone took a medical leave of absence in December 1999
and was absent from the church for a little over a year. He returned
briefly to the church but currently continues to be healing that which
requires healing (his words).
Dr. Domenic continues to be a great inspiration to many, many Science of
Mind students. His willingness to share his wisdom and his joy is
God Bless You, Dr. Domenic! Rev. Dr. Henry Lee Bates